How to Choose Alexandrite

Alexandrite tends to contain few inclusions. Good color change and strong colors have a higher value. Green/purple hues are more desirable than yellow/brown. Look for a medium lightness that allow for maximum color vibrancy. Stones that are too light look washed out while stones that are too Read More …

Your Musical List of Things To Do This Weekend

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, June 29 to Sunday, July 1, 2018.  Center your body and mind in a free outdoor yoga class, explore Houston’s culture and make new friends on a unique pub crawl, Read More …

Ural Mountains and the Discovery of Alexandrite

As the story goes, Alexandrite was initially discovered in the 1830s, in the emerald mines of the Ural Mountains of Russia. The bright green stone was at first mistaken for emerald, until the sun went down. In the light of candles, its greenish hue vanished Read More …

Is Alexandrite the Most Expensive Gemstone in The World?

  Along with diamonds, rubies, and emeralds, top quality alexandrite’s are among the most expensive gemstones in the world. In larger sizes over 4.00 or 5.00cts., Burmese rubies are more rare and expensive than alexandrite’s but in sizes below 1.00cts., alexandrite’s are generally more expensive Read More …

The World’s Largest-Faceted Alexandrite

The Smithsonian Alexandrite was unearthed in Sri Lanka, and holds a cushion mixed cut. Typical of most alexandrite, the Smithsonian jewel is red and green in color, and weighs 65.08 carats. It is currently one of the rarest, and most valuable, jewels in the world. Read More …

How Does Alexandrite Change Color?

The color changing property of Alexandrite is known as ‘Alexandrite effect’ and is a result of chromium traces found in the gemstone. The chromium traces cause strong light absorption in the yellow and blue parts of the spectrum. The absorption band 580 nm allows the Read More …

Alexander II and Alexandrite

Abundant alexandrite deposits were first discovered in 1830 in Russia’s Ural Mountains. Those first alexandrites were of very fine quality and displayed vivid hues and dramatic color change. The gem was named after the young Alexander II, heir apparent to the throne. It caught the Read More …

So Much to Do So Little Time! List of Things to Do This Weekend

Hang out at the zoo after dark, cheer on former NBA stars in a three-on-three tournament, race through an obstacle course full of mud, jam out to Kesha and Macklemore in concert and more. Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Friday, Read More …

How to Care For and Clean Your Alexandrite

Alexandrite is a beautiful, rare, and durable gemstone. Hardness and toughness Gem and mineral hardness is measured on the Mohs scale. The numbers are based on the relative ease or difficulty with which one mineral can be scratched by another. But the Mohs scale is Read More …

A Little Bit About Alexandrite: June’s More Expensive Birthstone

Alexandrite, with its chameleon-like qualities, is a rare variety of the mineral chrysoberyl. Its color can be a lovely green in daylight or fluorescent light, changing to brownish or purplish red in the incandescent light from a lamp or candle flame. This is a result Read More …